'Glad to be going home': Leeds resident speaks of relief at catching 'last plane home' from Las Palmas to Leeds Bradford Airport

A Leeds woman has described her relief at being able to return to Leeds Bradford Airport - after catching the 'last flight' back from Las Palmas.

By Daniel Sheridan
Saturday, 14th March 2020, 4:21 pm
Updated Saturday, 14th March 2020, 4:30 pm

Flights have been cancelled to Spain and surrounding islands by Jet2 this morning.

Rachael Edeson was on holiday in Gran Canaria when she discovered the cancellations.

Her flight was due to fly shortly after 2pm but was delayed by over two hours before it set off at around 4pm today.

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Rachael said many passengers wore protective masks on the 'full plane'.

She told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the flight was the last plane to Leeds Bradford Airport for the forseeable future.

Rachael said: "The flight is full.

"Some people have come back early.

"I am just glad to be getting home.

"There are lots of people with masks on."

A spokesperson said: "In response to local measures introduced throughout Spain to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the closure of bars, restaurants, shops and activities including any water sports, we have taken the decision to suspend flights for at least the next seven days to Mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands with immediate effect. We know these local measures will have a significant impact on our customers’ holidays which is why we have taken this decision.

“We are contacting our customers who are currently in these destinations, and who are due to travel, to advise them of their options, so we urge customers not to call us.

“This is a fast-moving and complex situation and we are reviewing our programme as a matter of urgency, so that we can fly customers back to the UK.

“The health and safety of our customers is our number one priority, and we would like to thank our customers for their understanding.”